CALIFORNIA: GOP House Candidate Confesses That She Made Up Death Threats Against Her

Last year the US House candidacy of GOP former Stanislaus County Clerk and anti-abortion activist Karen Mathews Davis gained national attention when she claimed to have gotten death threats from anonymous writers who threatened to shoot her and her husband in the head if she didn’t withdraw from the race.

While the feds investigated, Davis told the local press that wasn’t going to “give in to terrorism” and that “if those people weren’t able to stop me from doing the right thing, then Obama and Pelosi don’t have a prayer.” Today Davis has been charged with lying to the FBI after confessing that she made it all up.

Davis is charged with making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations to federal law enforcement officers during their investigation into the mailing of threatening letters. Davis, 67, was arrested at her Lodi home and then released after posting $50,000 bond Thursday, court documents show. She’s scheduled to return to federal court in Sacramento on Nov. 19. She was one of three Republicans who challenged McNerney, D-Stockton, as he sought a fifth term last year. She finished fourth out of four in the June 2014 top-two primary, with only 6 percent of the vote. In February, Davis went to the FBI office in Stockton to be interviewed. She agreed to take a polygraph test but failed it, and then admitted she had written both letters and sent them to herself, Hartman wrote. In a signed statement, Davis wrote that she sent herself the first letter after Lodi police told her she probably wouldn’t be granted a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

But wait there’s more. In 1998 Davis was sued by a man who ultimately spent 18 years in prison on charges that he attacked her. He continues to maintain his innocence.

  • That Guy

    I hope she pays every penny of the taxpayers’ money she wasted.

    • bkmn

      With interest. And a nice big fine on top of that.

      • Bad Tom

        Life in jail would be fine.

        • Stubenville

          At $30K incarceration cost per year paid by the taxpayers? Hell no. Bar her from holding public office and give her ten years community service cleaning Planned Parenthood locations.

          • StraightGrandmother

            What is that called when you have to wear an ankle bracelet, Home confinement? That sounds good to me. Keep her out of the neighborhood.

          • Chucktech

            Apparently she also wants a gun. Denying her that would be a grievous punishment for her…

    • Prixator

      What baffles me is that she is 67 years old! This kind of thing usually happens with much younger people.

      In all those years of life, she never formed an ethical conscience? One that would have told her that, in the pursuit of elected office, some tactics are not only wrong, but highly illegal?

      She might have some undiagnosed mental illness.

  • oikos
    • b

      They are liars. So are “conservative christians.” They lie about persecution all day and night.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Remember those two State Legislators in Michigan? He made up a story about having gay sex in order to cover up his affair with the woman legislator.

  • SoCalVet

    whoa…I hope he gets an attorney and gets his case looked at if she was the only witness in the case.

    • Herald

      He has more than earned massive compensation from her!

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  • bkmn

    But…but…but…she’s a good Xtain!!!!!

    • millers3888

      She’s already been forgiven by Christ. No punishment needed! Lol…

      • safari2bongaloo

        She’s learned the error of her ways. She’ll be more careful next time.

      • Jeffrey

        Oh, thank goodness. Too bad the guy who “attacked” her wasn’t christian. He wouldn’t have had to go to prison for 18yrs.

        • clay

          He can’t be Christian– after 18 years in prison, he’s gay.

          • Gianni

            True, just ask Ben Carson. He can explain the process to you.

        • millers3888

          Was he A GAY? Because if he was A GAY you go directly to jail do not pass go do not collect $200!!! It says so in the Bible.

      • Cuberly
        • vorpal

          Lamb is freaking delicious.
          Now I have a craving for some Jesus flesh.

          • Cuberly

            Oooooh, now I want a lamb gyro….lol…

          • Chucktech

            You want a stale cracker after delicious lamb??

        • Michael Rush

          that shit can get ANYTHING clean !!!

          • Cuberly

            Weeeeeelll doggies, that’s some ground in sinning right tcher.

          • Kara Connor

            “Now with added Papal Power™!”

        • Librarykid

          Does this product have enzyme action and color-safe oxygen bleach or is it only meant for whites?

      • b

        They really demand forgiveness, they don’t “ask” anything. Their “prayers” are really demands. They don’t do one good thing. They do not have to do one damned thing,just “pray,” whatever that means, least alone it is help a gay person.

    • Librarykid

      Sorry, but given the way things go, that does not point to her innocence, nor can it even be used to assume that she has good character or morals.

      • bkmn

        Ever hear of snark?


    Let me guess, Liberty Council will represent her because the government is prosecuting her because of her religious beliefs or something. 🙂

    • safari2bongaloo

      Well, it was here sincere belief that the letters were real until her faith was violated by the evidence.

    • oikos

      Worth every penny of their representation. 😉

  • fandancy

    A political candidate lied?
    Swear her in right away.
    She’s qualified.

    • Gianni

      😀 Seems you’re letting your cynicism get the better of you. 🙂 It has the ring of truth to it, though.

  • shivadog

    If it is true that she got a man sent to prison for 18 years on bogus charges, she should spend the rest of her life behind bars.

    • Bad Tom

      And lose a massive lawsuit he should file.
      How can she sleep at night?
      Wait, wait, don’t tell me: She has no conscience.

      • Piet

        The (R) after her name is enough to tell us that.

        • Mikey

          I thought it stood for “Restless”?

          • RoFaWh





      • StraightGrandmother

        Even if he wins, he will never get those 18 years back.

        • Is it bad that I’m hoping she wasn’t lying about that one?

          • catherinecc

            Yes. Humanity is fucking awful. We can’t have real change without admitting the problems.

      • james_from_cambridge

        It’s a proven fact that the right-wing movement attracts all kinds of grifters and liars. She’s one of thousands working over the poor fools who support The Teabaggers.

      • DataguyII

        She doesn’t need a conscious. She has God.

    • JoeNCA

      Oddly when I get death threats, I go to the police.

      Not Facebook.

  • Jim

    They sent Martha Stewart to the big house for making false statements to federal investigators. I expect that Ms. Davis will be a guest of the government for a while. The Feds take a really dim view of being lied to. Somebody should have told her about the lesson you learn on day 1 of defense lawyering 101: whether you’ve been naughty or nice, never, ever talk to police. And you NEVER talk to the FBI for any reason. Sew your lips shut instead. She should have watched this video before she wrote those stupid letters. And FYI, Ms. Davis: you don’t ask the Post Office to deliver your fake threats since that’s a federal crime too.

    • Octavio

      Never talk to the FBI or police. But you can dance for them. Back in my youth I shared a house with other “suspicious” students. We had a big, wide front porch. The FBI and the police had us under surveillance because we were members of SDS. They would sit in cars in front of our house and try to intimidate us. We put on costumes and would do little theatre skits for them. That’s when those tap dance lessons my mother made me take when I was 5 years-old really came in handy. 🙂

      • Here’s a dumb question. SDS?

        • Octavio

          Students for a Democratic Society. Not a dumb question at all. It’s been over 46 years since those halcyon days. There is a new SDS organization alive today that was started in 2007. Our charter was to create participatory democracy, and get involved in direct political action. Nixon — and the FBI — insisted we were all dangerous commie pinko markist devil worshipers who took drugs and had lots of sex. The drugs and sex were true. 🙂

          • Ah ha! I was guessing it was probably some kind of pinko commie “subversive” group but none of my acronyms were making sense. Still in touch with any of your fellow degenerates?

          • Octavio

            Odd you should ask. Yes. One of my room mates just retired from OSHA as a prosecutor in St. Paul. Another and probably the most notorious room mate moved to Amsterdam and runs the national theatre there. Another owns a bacchanalian gay resort motel in Palm Springs. He used to be a reverend in the Church of Religious Science. Now he’s retired from doing the lard’s work. And another old room mate works as a studio musician in L.A.

          • Fantastic!

          • Octavio

            That we’re all still alive? I agree. 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            estimado Octavio. Pregunta. Are you now or were you ever a member of:

            The Cockettes
            Angels of Light
            Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

            Asking for a friend.


          • Octavio

            Nope. But I knew several of the original Cockettes in their heyday. 🙂

  • Jeffrey

    Delusional old cünt. I hope whatever else she has lied about comes out.

    • fandancy

      We don’t want to see those.

  • Pilot Nozzle

    Yikes, we live in Lodi, CA. I need to ask around locally for details on this kook.

  • Octavio

    Oh . . . my . . . heck! A Republican candidate lied about something to gain a foothold? America really is falling into the hands of evil. 🙂

  • Jude Newton

    Every time I hear people like this claiming on TV they are getting death threats, I wish the reporter/interviewer would say “Prove it right now. Show us the letters, emails, phone recordings. Otherwise it didn’t happen,”

    • PeterC

      Oh, but that would be an “illegal gotcha” question.

      • Chucktech

        Or, maybe even journalism.

    • teeveedub

      “I received death threats” has turned into the standard go-to line for anyone with whom a progressive disagrees. See also Porno Pete, Tony Perkins, etc.

    • ElenorRigby

      Oh please. Everyone gets death threats. I got them on Huffington Post for saying the new Madonna album sucks.

  • WildGift

    • olandp

      That goes the limit.

      Why officer, I’d never use the p-word.

      No woman would.

  • Cuberly
    • Octavio

      I just upchucked a little in my throat.

    • bkmn

      I have a feeling Joel Osteen rubs it out with all the dollars the morons send him.

      • Cuberly

        Probably on money that bears his own image too. ewwww….

    • BobSF_94117

      With friends like that, who needs FBs?

    • Librarykid

      But I thought that someone was threatening to rub her out and that’s why she carried her self-invented lies to the police. If she were not so fucking evil, I would suggest that she be tested for religion-induced dementia

  • tcinsf
    • David Walker

      I loved that song. I could never decide if it were CA or NJ, though. I’d had some dealings with Lodi, NJ, and I could see lamenting being stuck in that Lodi again. There was also a cover by Emmylou Harris.

      • tcinsf

        It’s the California one. CCR were local (El Cerrito) boys. They’d probably never heard of Lodi, NJ, but Lodi, CA is a place you might get stuck in.
        “The song describes the plight of a down-and-out musician whose career has landed him playing a gig in the town of Lodi (pronounced “low-die”), a small agricultural city in California’s Central Valley about 70 miles from Fogerty’s hometown of Berkeley. After playing in local bars, the narrator finds himself stranded and unable to raise bus or train fare to leave.[1]
        Fogerty later said he had never actually visited Lodi before writing
        this song, and simply picked it for the song because it had “the coolest
        sounding name.”[2]
        However, the song unquestionably references the town’s reputation as an
        uninteresting farm settlement, although the narrator does not mention
        any specific complaints.”

        • bzrd

          We used to frequent a place on Shattuck and University in Berkeley, 1967-68, I think it was called The Monkey, just before they became popular. Had the band all to ourselves during the week.

          • tcinsf

            Gasp! That’s awesome
            (damn you’re old…..)

        • David Walker

          Wow. Thank you.

          • tcinsf

            No charge. I’m a fan, I used to take people to the Duck Kee Market as part of my tour of SF/Oakland.

        • Menergy

          yep – ugh — Stockton, Manteca, Lodi, etc. The Pits!

      • Necessitas

        There’s a Lodi, Ohio too.

  • David Walker

    Davis? County clerk? Am I spotting a trend here?

  • We neutered the Republicans in California. It used to require a two-thirds vote to pass most legislation, giving Republicans the ability to block the Democrat majority. But now it only takes a simple majority vote to pass most legislation, rendering the Republicans almost powerless. It’s a great model for other states. Of course you have to watch out for adverse reactions as less stable Republicans tend go off the deep end when their compulsion to block things is stymied.

    • bkmn

      Is that a bad thing?

      • Librarykid

        Not if they go by themselves. It’s when they take others with them that it is bad, unless it’s other Republicans.

  • clay

    Wait a minute, we all need to be asking the Constitutional question, here; What was she already doing that led the Lodi police to tell her she probably wouldn’t be granted a permit to carry a concealed handgun?

    • Necessitas

      Excellent question!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Any time these types claim death threats, it should be considered a lie unless there are police reports. The reports then need to be investigated, and once they are found false, they need to be prosecuted.

  • Now that there is first class, grade A, blue ribbon winning stupid. Lying to the FBI never ends well.

    • Librarykid

      Just ask Dennis Hasturd, I mean Hastert, Republican hero and originator of the Hastert Rule. Oh yes, a great deal to be proud of in that one.

      • charemor

        The NEW Hastert Rule: don’t drop the soap in the prison shower room.

        • Librarykid

          As if the old wreck could bend over far enough to pick it up. They will probably wash him like they wash elephants in the zoo, with long handled brushes.

          • charemor


  • Fuck this bitch.

    • noni

      only with your dick

      • I think you just turned me from a Kinsey 5 to a Kinsey 6.

  • Talisman

    This is my shocked face.

  • GanymedeRenard

    No offense to people who bear the surname Davis, but I think I see a pattern here. Hmm…

    • AJayne

      I see that, too – wonder if these charges against her will cause Kim & Joe to withdraw their previous (and probably also fallacious) claims…

      • Reality.Bites

        They’re smart enough to make their claims to the press and their followers. Not to the police with false evidence.

  • Friday

    So, ‘Righteous’ about their lies till caught actionably.

  • Glen


    A fringe woman making up death threats against her for speaking unpopular, controversial, or unsubstantiated ideological views! And making a FAR bigger production over them than any man who gets death threats. That never happens. Women don’t make this kind of stuff up. They’re women! Not men. Why would they lie? Precious little innocent things that we PC manginas know they are.

    Well maybe on the right, but at least women don’t do that on the left.

    Oh wait… that sounds a lot like some radical feminists. Who not only make a huge brouhaha over the kinds of death threats people in the public eye espousing any unpopular view get all the time (but it their case claim it’s an attack on them as a women – rather than an attack on someone espousing bullshit), but have also been caught having made up such death threats, or their supporters posing as their opponents making such death threats.

    Color me surprised.

    Well at least women never lie about REALLY serious things that get people locked up for decades or otherwise ruin lives, like rape.

    Oh sorry. For simply pointing out reality, and adhering to the American principle of innocent until proven guilty, I’m a misogynistic rape apologist supporting a “rape culture”.

    • Friday

      Err, it’s not about her sex, it’s about her being a right-winger making shit up as usual. WTF are *you* trying to defend here?

      • Glen

        It’s not about her sex or her political leanings. It’s about her being on the fringe and having unsupportable ideological views that can’t stand up on their own, and also seeking attention that they wouldn’t otherwise get.

    • Good lord, dude, slippery slope much? Just as the fact that there are a few bad apples on our side who do unspeakable things (like child rape) doesn’t mean we’re all child rapists, the fact that some women are lies and yes, some lie about things like rape doesn’t mean they’re all lying about rape.

      • Glen

        Slippery slope? What are you talking about. I’m not making any slippery slope claims.

        I was simply pointing out what too many on the left like to ignore about the fringe of our own wing, particularly when that fringe happens to be women (radical feminists or the men who support radical feminist ideology) because of the misogynistic attitude that you can’t challenge bullshit when it comes from a woman (at least a left wing one).

        • Friday

          Uh, did you read? She’s not ‘on the left.’

          • Glen

            You seem to be missing the point I was making (albeit with a heavy dose of sarcasm)

          • Friday

            Poe’s law, then. 🙂 Do explain what the F point you thought you were making, just so, then?

          • zhera

            No no, we ALL got your point.

        • When someone starts screaming about radical feminists spouting bullshit and being unable to challenge women from a post on a lying right-wing woman, “tangent” is kind. Perhaps “strawman” or “completely changing the subject to something wholly nonsensical” is more appropriate.

          • Glen

            I decided to take the opportunity to point out to those who wish to ignore when this stuff happens on the left-wing fringe, and choose to not be cautious about such claims when they come from the left-wing fringe.

    • zhera

      Seriously Glen, let go of the anti women spiel. It’s not clever and it’s not funny.

      • Glen

        Being anti-radical-feminism is not anti-woman.

        Radical feminism is anti-woman.

        Clearly what isn’t clever is you dear zhera.

  • Shabahabalaba

    What? No speaking in tongues?

  • Marides48

    McNerney was my Rep in Congress until they changed the district borders. No we have a Teatrurd GOP rep.

  • noni

    I warn you now Republicans are sick vicious liars and if you associate with them, you deserve what you get.

  • Ninja0980

    Let’s hope this woman gets the max sentence possible, whatever that is.
    From the sounds of it, she cost an innocent man 18 years of his life, only fair that she give upa lot of her life to prison as well.

    • Librarykid

      Such a fine Christian woman.

  • noni

    Karen Mathews Davis made up a doozy of a lie and also tried to send nine other people to prison with her lies. “questioned whether she had similarly concocted evidence that helped send nine conspirators to prison in 1997.”

    “I’m sure she made it up from the start,” said Fresno attorney Daniel Harralson. He represented Roger Steiner, whom Mathews identified as the man who beat and cut her, and sodomized her with a revolver, in a nighttime ambush in her garage.

  • mark99k

    This makes 3 pathetic headline-making nutjobs named Davis in less than a year.

    • zhera

      Wales is NOT pleased!

  • Scott Holcomb

    Shouldn’t she go to jail for lying like this? If it were up to me I’d put her behind bars tomorrow morning for a good decade, if not longer. Think of the people she hurt, maimed and the lives she altered because of her lies. She should be made to pay for that.

  • Michael Senesac

    Is it some kind of weird that her last name is David and her initials are K.D.???

    • KentDean

      Right on, Mr. Senesac! My initials are KD, and I approved this message!

  • ben-andy

    What is it about County Clerks named Davis?

  • Robincho

    Oh, this is just fucking great… ANOTHER douchebag clerk named K. Davis…

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  • TheSpinMonkey

    What?? A member of the GOP telling lies??

  • SilasMarner

    Throw her in the pokey for 30 days. Cuz, you know, orange is the new black. 🙂

  • koolaidyarn

    Remind me why republican assholes claiming they’re threatened are treated as credible, but rape victims are automatically assumed to be lying?

  • IamM

    They want to model secular law after select parts of Leviticus, but constantly ignore ‘Thou shall not bear false witness’ which actually has a secular equivalent.

  • Bob Right

    May 23, 1996 – Modesto, California, U.S. – Karen Mathews practices shooting at a local shooting range. (Credit Image: © Debbie Noda/Modesto Bee/
    Yikes, I moved from Modesto, CA (to get away from the crazies), to Lodi CA !!!
    Aside from now this nut, I thought Lodi only had issues with homophobia and Fundamentalist Christians lol ! SEND HELP……..!!!

    • Bob Right

      missing image

  • Franciscan

    The article cited by Noni in the Modesto Bee has further interesting facts. Here’s one: “Her Woodbridge attorney, Randy Thomas, was not reached Thursday. He
    handed a letter from Mathews Davis’ psychiatrist to U.S. Judge Kendall
    Newman during the hearing, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office
    said; Newman read the letter and returned it, and its contents were not
    discussed, nor was the letter entered into evidence, the spokeswoman

    Also she was cited by a county grand jury which “said she misused a county credit card on personal purchases, improperly
    hired her son and assigned her secretary to perform tasks not related to
    county work.”

    One wonders which of the events she describes 20 years ago in her recent book, A terrorist in my garage, are actually true, if any.

    Read more here:

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  • JCF

    “anti-abortion activist Karen Mathews
    Davis gained national attention when she claimed to have gotten death
    threats from anonymous writers who threatened to shoot her”

    There’s your red flag: it’s anti-[choice] activists who DO the shooting, not the other way around. George Tiller, Presente!